John McCormick (footballer)

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John McCormick
Personal information
Full name John McCormick
Date of birth (1936-07-18) 18 July 1936 (age 78)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
St Roch's
Third Lanark
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1964 Third Lanark 112 (0)
1964–1965 Aberdeen 28 (0)
1965–1973 Crystal Palace 194 (6)
1973–19?? Wealdstone ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John McCormick (born 18 July 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland),[1] is a former professional footballer. Playing as a centre back he made a total of 334 appearances in the Football League and Scottish League, for Third Lanark, Aberdeen and Crystal Palace before moving into non-league football with Wealdstone.

Playing career[edit]

Third Lanark[edit]

He began his senior career at Third Lanark, in 1959 to 1965 and helped his hometown club to a third-placed finish in the Scottish First Division in 1961. In the close season of 1964[2] he moved to Aberdeen after 190 appearances for Lanark, but without scoring.


McCormick spent two seasons at Aberdeen making 28 appearances without scoring, before moving to England with team-mate Tom White to play for Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Palace manager Bert Head paid just £1,500 for McCormick's services, on 30 May 1966.[1] White had been Head's main target[citation needed] but it was McCormick, after initially understudying Alan Stephenson,[2] who helped the club to its promotion to the First Division for the first time in 1968–69. In that season McCormick was ever present making 42 appearances and scoring three times.[2] In the top flight he formed a solid defensive partnership with fellow centre-half Mel Blyth and won Palace's first ever "Player of the Year" award at the end of the 1971-72 season. He was awarded a testimonial during the next season.[2]


During the early part of the 1972–73 season McCormick lost his place, which was taken by Bobby Bell,[3] and was subsequently allowed to leave on a free transfer. He joined Wealdstone, then managed by former Palace colleague Eddie Presland, and helped the club to win the Southern League division one south in 1973–74.[2]

McCormick owned a hotel near Glasgow for 25 years. He now lives in East Kilbride.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 332. ISBN 0907969542. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 81. ISBN 0907969542. 
  3. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 239. ISBN 0907969542. 

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